Kentucky ranks low in speed of Internet connections

Bowling Green: Kentucky ranked as one of the states with the lowest average Internet connection speeds in the country in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report from the company, Akamai Technologies.

Kentucky joins Montana and Arkansas with an average connection speed of 7.3 megabits per second, according to the report from the cloud services provider. Alaska had the lowest speed of 7 megabits per second, according to the report.

Mbps is a measure of how fast data can be transmitted.

Brian Mefford, founder of the company Connected Nation and chief executive officer of CNX Inc., said an average speed of 7.3 mbps is way too low. Connected Nation evolved from The Center for Information Technology Enterprise, founded at Western Kentucky University.

A speed of about 20 mbps is seen as minimal now, when people typically use multiple devices and stream video content at home, he said.